A special warranty deed in Utah facilitates the transfer of property ownership, ensuring that no claims were filed during the time of the grantor’s possession.

However, the grantee assumes responsibility for any claims made before the grantor’s period of ownership.

Here is a step-by-step guide to filling in the provided form:

Step 1

Fill in your full legal name.

It’s crucial to fill out your full legal name to identify the person preparing the document. 

For example, if your legal name is John Michael Doe, fill it out completely instead of using just “John Doe.”

Step 2

Fill in your complete street address. 

The address, including the state and zip code, provides a physical location for potential contact or legal needs. 

For example, “123 Elm Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111.”

Step 3

Fill in the name of the person to whom the document should be returned after recording.

This is typically the new owner or their legal representative.

This information guides where to return the document after it has been officially recorded, ensuring it gets back to the correct person or entity. 

For instance, if you’re working with a real estate attorney named Jane Smith, you’d put her name here.

Step 4

Fill in the full address of the person to whom the document should be returned. 

Example: “456 Maple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101.”

Step 5

Fill in the name of the current owner (the grantor).

The name of the current property owner (grantor) establishes who is transferring the property.

For example, if you’re selling the property, your name goes here.

Step 6

Fill in the complete address of the current owner. 

This specifies the grantor’s current residence, further verifying their identity.

For instance, “123 Elm Street, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.”

Step 7

Write out the purchase price in words. Write the purchase price numerically as well.

The amount of money paid for the property should be filled in both words and numbers to avoid any misunderstanding about the purchase price.

For example, if the property was sold for $150,000, write “One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000).”

Step 8

Fill in the full name of the new owner (the grantee).

The new owner’s (grantee’s) name establishes who is receiving the property.

For instance, if John Doe is buying the property, his name goes here.

Step 9

Fill in the complete address of the new owner. 

This details where the new owner currently resides, which is important for official records.

For example, “789 Pine Street, Provo, Utah County, Utah.”

Step 10

Fill in the name of the county where the property is located. 

The county where the property is located must be specified, as different counties may have different recording requirements.

For example, “Salt Lake County.”

Step 11

Write a detailed legal description of the property being transferred or attach a separate page marked as “Exhibit A” that contains this information.

You can find this information on your property deed or at the county recorder’s office.

The property’s legal description accurately identifies the property being transferred.

You could use something like, “Lot 4, Block 2 of the Applewood Estates, according to the official plat thereof on file in the Salt Lake County Recorder’s Office.”

Step 12

The current owner should sign here.

The grantor must sign the document to validate the property transfer.

The actual signatures establish intent and agreement to the terms.

Step 13

Print the current owner’s name.

The grantor should print their name to ensure clarity, as signatures can sometimes be hard to read.

Step 14

Provide the current owner’s address.

This helps provide a record of where the grantor resides at the time of the transaction.

It can be useful for future legal or tax purposes.

Step 15

Provide the current owner’s city, state, and zip code.

This further clarifies the grantor’s location.

The city, state, and zip code help provide a complete record of the grantor’s address at the time of the transaction.

Step 16

The notary public will sign here, attesting that they have verified the identities of the parties involved, and that the grantor signed the document willingly.

Conclusion

Filling out the Utah special warranty deed correctly ensures your property transfer is legally binding.

Consult this guide anytime you need to complete the paperwork properly.